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* NobleBigot: Subverted, Buford has no reservations about referring to the eight innocents poisoned by tainted moonshine as "niggers,. This is only done to incite friend and deputy Obra Eaker into taking action. Buforf is determined to punish those responsible for their deaths just the same, something he notes the old Sheriff would have let slide for the victims "not being his favorite color."

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* NobleBigot: Subverted, Buford has no reservations about referring to the eight innocents poisoned by tainted moonshine as "niggers,. This is only done to incite friend and deputy Obra Eaker into taking action. Buforf Buford is determined to punish those responsible for their deaths just the same, something he notes the old Sheriff would have let slide for the victims "not being his favorite color."


* NobleBigot: Buford has no reservations about referring to the eight innocents poisoned by tainted moonshine as "niggers," but he is determined to punish those responsible for their deaths just the same, something he notes the old Sheriff would have let slide for the victims "not being his favorite color."

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* NobleBigot: Subverted, Buford has no reservations about referring to the eight innocents poisoned by tainted moonshine as "niggers," but he "niggers,. This is only done to incite friend and deputy Obra Eaker into taking action. Buforf is determined to punish those responsible for their deaths just the same, something he notes the old Sheriff would have let slide for the victims "not being his favorite color."


A 1973 pulp action flick starring Joe Don Baker, [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory loosely based]] on the story of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buford_Pusser Buford Pusser]], the Sherrif of [=McNairy=] County, Tennessee from 1964 to 1970. Later [[Film/WalkingTall2004 remade into a 2004 movie]] starring Wrestling/DwayneJohnson.

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A 1973 pulp action flick starring Joe Don Baker, Creator/JoeDonBaker, [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory loosely based]] on the story of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buford_Pusser Buford Pusser]], the Sherrif of [=McNairy=] County, Tennessee from 1964 to 1970. Later [[Film/WalkingTall2004 remade into a 2004 movie]] starring Wrestling/DwayneJohnson.



* {{Badass}}: Buford, natch.

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A 1973 pulp action flick starring Joe Don Baker, [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory loosely based]] on the story of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buford_Pusser Buford Pusser]], the Sherrif of [=McNairy=] County, Tennessee from 1964 to 1970. Later [[Film/WalkingTall2004 remade into a 2004 movie]] starring Wrestling/DwayneJohnson.

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* {{Badass}}: Buford, natch.
* BatterUp: Buford metes out some good old fashioned, bone-breakin' justice with a massive homemade shillelagh.
* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler:Pauline]] is killed this way, and the effect is surprisingly graphic for a low-budget 70's movie.
* DirtyCop: The former Sheriff, along with one deputy we later discover to be on the take.
* DoesntLikeGuns: Sheriff Pusser at first refuses to carry a gun because his wife doesn't approve.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: The old Sheriff's car a'splodes from under the hood simply by running off the road into a river bank. Before it crashes, even!
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: The bad guys offer Deputy Grady more than his lifetime salary to turn on Buford, but he flatly refuses.
* LetsGetDangerous: When Mrs. Pusser agrees to let her husband start packing heat, it is ''on.''
* NobleBigot: Buford has no reservations about referring to the eight innocents poisoned by tainted moonshine as "niggers," but he is determined to punish those responsible for their deaths just the same, something he notes the old Sheriff would have let slide for the victims "not being his favorite color."
* ProtectedByAChild: After an ambush leaves Buford seriously injured and [[spoiler:his wife dead]], his young son stands watch in his daddy's hospital room with a .410 shotgun.
* StuffedInTheFridge: [[spoiler:Buford's wife Pauline]] is suddenly cut down in an ambush meant for him, in a scene tragically mirroring what happened in RealLife.

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